Welcome to the IceChat Web site. IceChat is a popular IRC (Internet Relay Chat) Client that can be used in Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista and also Windows 7. It has been tested on 64bit versions of XP, Vista and Windows 7 as well. IceChat 7.70 has been known to have problems with Windows 8. If you are running Windows 8, we suggest you use IceChat 9, it has no problems at all. There may be a bug fix released for Windows 8, if we can find beta testers.
IceChat is a very user friendly program that can be setup in a matter of minutes. IceChat is capable of connecting to multiple servers and channels all at once, with ease, so you can easily chat with your friends in your favorite channels.
For those people that wish to do more then just chat with IceChat, there are numerous different ways to customize the look and feel of IceChat. It starts with simply changing a theme, to writing your own scripts and making your own custom popups, using the IceChat Editor. The built-in VBS (Visual Basic Scripting) script engine is powerful and can be made to do just about anything, and even allowing users to create their own activeX dll's for advanced scripting solutions.
IceChat has some unique features that set it apart from other similar programs. Most users truly enjoy the built in Emoticons. But for those select few that do not, this feature can be disabled. The Favorite Server Tree is truly fantastic, and because IceChat is built around its multi-server capabilities, it is an essential part of IceChat that makes it that much easier to use.
IceChat was first being developed in 2000, and has gone through many changes in its interface, design, and of course its many features. It is currently in the stage of a total re-write and a Release Candidate version was made available in early 2011. As of today, we are very close to releasing IceChat 9, bringing it out of the Release Candidate(Beta) stage. More testing is still required.
IceChat is FreeWare, meaning anyone can use it, at no cost.
This web site was started November 11, 2003.IceChat 7 Changelog -- A list of all the updates for the IceChat 7 life cycle
Latest news for IceChat
IceChat 9.0 - September 25, 2014
IceChat 9.0 is released today. There have been a lot of updates, additions and fixes since RC8.3. We felt it was about time IceChat 9 was released as a 'stable' version, and here it is. You can read the change log for all the updates.
IceChat 9 Release Candidate 8.3 - March 23, 2014
IceChat 9 has bveen updated to RC 8.3. Windowed mode is still disabled. Fixed an issue when IceChat was minimized, the channel windows would not scroll properly. More IRCv3 capabilities added and options added to the Server Editor. Other additions and fixes as well, will be added to the IceChat 9 Change log.
IceChat 9 Release Candidate 8.2 - February 9, 2014
IceChat 9 has bveen updated to RC 8.2. Windowed mode is still currently disabled, as the problems just continue to haunt us. Some issues with wrapped URL's still being broken when clicked on, should be fixed. Also, when the debug window is open, right clicking on the Debug on the Channel bar allows your to select which servers show in the debug window, for multiple connections. The plugin framework has also been expanded to allow for disabling of certain events. A new DisableEvents plugin will be added to allow this to be on a per channel/network basis.
IceChat 9 Release Candidate 8.11 - January 26, 2014
IceChat 9 has been updated it RC8.11. This is our second release for 2014, as we did release 8.1, but it had a few nasty little bugs, so 8.11 was released quickly to fix those. One big feature that is new to IceChat, is that the color palette can now be customized with the ColorPalette.xml file in the data folder. Windowed mode has been temporarily disabled, until we can resolve some serious issues with it. Look for it to be re-enabled in the next release. Thank you again for all your support!
IceChat 9 Release Candidate 8 - December 27, 2013
IceChat 9 has been updated it RC8. A lot more little fixes and updates added. Started windowed mode, which is an option in display settings. We are nearing the end of 2013, and this update brings us that much closer to fully releasing IceChat 9. Update today.
IceChat 7 and Windows 8 - December 5, 2013
There are known issues with IceChat 7 and Windows 8. And now with the release of Windows 8.1, the problems continue. We have found a fix for this problem. We are just testing it to make sure it works, and then making a few other changes, for the release of IceChat 7.80. Sorry for the inconvenience.
IceChat 9 Video Added - October 17, 2013
We had asked our Facebook users on our Fan Page, if anyone could make a video on the basics of IceChat 9, and someone made a great one. Check out the help page to view it.
IceChat 9 Release Candidate 7.3 - September 20 2013
RC7.3 has been released. Side panel positions are now saved, and we have fixed the fuzzy text issue. Text selection is still an issue, but a lot of improvement has come in this newest build.
IceChat 9 Release Candidate 7 - August 31 2013
RC7 has finally been released, after a long wait. Development has been a little slow lately, but here we are with the latest build for IceChat 9. More little fixes and additions. Check out the change log for the latest changes since RC 6.5.
IceChat is 13 years old, August 2013
August 2013, and this year marks the 13th anniversary since IceChat was started. It certainly has been a long journey. With IceChat 9 still in development, IceChat continues to supply its users with a unique program.
Check out our history here.
IceChat 9 Release Candidate 6.5 - March 23, 2013
RC6.5 has been released, a minor update for fixing ping replies and allowing to still use the editbox when having settings/options windows open.
IceChat 9 - Chat Window issues - February 25, 2013
One of the main issues haunting the project is the control for displaying the console/channel/query text. It has been a custom control, but mainly the problems lie with the framework not properly rendering and measuring text, so the text selection has just been a nightmare. This is even more so a problem with bold text. We may very well just switch to an Extended Richtext Control, which will of course require more testing and debugging, on its own.
IceChat 9 Release Candidate 6.3 - February 14, 2013
RC6.3 has been released, with some fixes for plugins, and users not be able to connect to Hybrid servers.
There were also reported many problems with the IceChat Updater, so some changes were made for this as well. The updater should start working better after the 6.3 update, but a manual update will need to be applied for now.
IceChat 9 Release Candidate 6.1 - February 9, 2013
RC6.1 has been released, with a minor fix.
There were some reports that an error box showed on startup, so this is a minor update to fix this problem.
IceChat 9 Release Candidate 6 - February 3, 2013
RC6 has been released, with more minor fixes and updates.
This brings us another step closer to releasing a non-beta version of IceChat 9. More plugins are in development as well, and script plugin to allow use of older icechat7 vbs type scripts is in development as well. We have also added more ircv3 compatability to this release. Thank you again to all our users.
IceChat 9 Release Candidate 4 - July 1, 2012
RC4 has been released, adding more stability and bug fixes from RC3.
The channel bar has returned, but the tabs are not currently draggable, until a fix is found.
Plugin functionality has been enhanced as well, so look to see more IceChat 9 Plugins added to the downloads section.
IceChat 9 Release Candidate 3 - February 9, 2012
RC3 has been released, with many updates and fixes from RC2.
There are some major changes to RC3, mainly that the channel bar is now gone.
There is now a Theme Importer to import color themes from IceChat 7, and you can also on initial install, import the majority of your IceChat 7 settings. Not every setting could be imported, just the majority of them.
IceChat 9 Release Candidate 2 - August 12, 2011
RC2 has been released, with many updates and fixed from RC1. The plugin framework has finally reached a stage of stability, and more plugins can finally be made.
Because if the major changes to the plugin engine, no actual update will be available internally to IceChat 9, the full install will need to be downloaded to update to this version. Further releases should not have this problem.
We would like to thank everyone for submitting any bug reports and testing out RC1 to help make RC2 more stable.
Stayed tuned for Plugin Additions, and thank you all again, for trying out IceChat 9.
IceChat 9 Release Candidate 1 - July 1, 2011
IceChat 9, formally known as IceChat 2009, has released its first truly stable releas, as release candidate 1.
There have been huge improvements to the plugin engine, and that is still currently being refined. The next few upcoming versions should have the core of the plugin engine completed. The plugins folder has been moved from the AppData folder to the Program Files\IceChat\Plugins folder to allow unloading and reloading of plugins on the fly.
To download IceChat 9 RC1, click on the Downloads button on the top menu, and select the IceChat 9 section.
IceChat 2009 Beta 6 Released - June 11, 2011
Some more minor fixes added for the Nick list, where it was losing host’s at times.
Also, channel modes should behave better now on some networks.
Other then those 2 main fixes, just some minor updates for stability.
IceChat 2009 Beta 5.2 released - May 25, 2011
IceChat 2009 Beta 5.2 was released with mainly changes to the Plugin Engine. This will allow for greater flexibility to the Plugin Engine. We should start seeing more Plugins created for IceChat 2009, and a download section will be added to the website for Plugins.